Everyone likes an open space. The sense of space, openness. And, architects are becoming more and more keen to this type of design. Let the light in! Open, airy and full of space, right? But, have you actually ever worked in an open space environment. Or, have you ever walked through an open office environment? How many people in the office were wearing headphones, or ear buds?
Here’s what we mean. Don’t get us wrong. These offices are fantastic visually. But, they are a nightmare sonically. Glass windows, open ceiling, steel beams, hard surface desks, commercial low-pile carpet… everything that sound likes to bounce off of! Why does this matter? Distractions, noise, an office that is not conducive to privacy, or to getting anything done.
But, there is good news… There is a solution!
How It Works
Let’s go back to school, shall we? Okay, bare with us. Where is the worst place for distractions, especially when you are trying to learn something? Ah, now you see what we mean. Please view the video below from our sound panel partner, Primacoustic, for a better understanding…
How about the gymnasium?
Walk into a gymnasium and you can hear the echo from your footsteps as the sound ricochets off the floor, walls, and ceiling. In some gyms, the echo can last as long as 10 seconds! The excessive reverberant field is the primary reason gymnasiums are one of the most challenging spaces of all in which to deploy a sound system.
More often than not, these spaces must not only perform as a sports venue, they are often imposed upon to be used as an assembly hall. This means that there must be sufficient acoustic treatment to subdue the reverberant field so that reasonable intelligibility can be achieved. The acoustic panels must seamlessly integrate with the surroundings, both from an aesthetic and a practical point. For instance, the acoustic panels must be able to handle the abuse from soccer balls, basketballs and all other forms of projectiles that will surely be launched by students during playtime.
The ultimate goal in a gym is to increase the intelligibility of the sound system while ensuring that the installation addresses the hazards that will surely come into play.
How It Works
So, how does this work? You can do all of the math needed to see exactly where the sound is reflecting off of and exactly which surface. Or, you can simply contact Audiomatrix, Inc. for a consultation. After all, Audiomatrix, Inc. is the Front Range leader in acoustics! With over 55 years of experience with sound, we might know a thing or two about what is needed for your environment!